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This ruling was issued on July 16, 2018, by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. In this case, the plaintiff alleged that requiring incarceration for failure to maintain sobriety as a condition of probation violates the individual’s Constitutional right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. The plaintiff argued that relapse is a common occurrence among people with addiction disorder, even while in an addiction treatment program; therefore, incarceration for violating the terms of probation due to a relapse constitutes incarceration for symptoms of the condition. However, based on the circumstances of this particular case, the court disagreed. The . . .

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